and because i'm me, i of course kept the cup. it's broken now, but still.
In a couple hours we were joined by a fan all the way Florida and her local friend, as well as another local named Jamie who happened to be in a metal band. it was cool to meet another vocalist doing what i want to do, and she also does some tech work like i used to and the conversations never ended. Turns out she'd never heard my favorite HIM cover so i played it for her, and her friend when she arrived. the part about the line that made this different than the NYC show is that it was split 50/50 between HIM fans and MIW fans (and i was only one of two wearing a Wounds shirt.)
I was nervous to meet MIW fans because the majority of their online presence that i've encountered over the years have been arrogant, teenage fangirls or metalcore-elitist scene kids that automatically don't like you if you don't like what they do, but it turns out the fans that leave their keyboards are extremely friendly, beautiful people that i already miss. the first i met was in NYC, a girl named Starla and her mom Toni. The next ones i met in Boston, Taylor and her mom Debbie, were just as sweet...plot twist, THEY KNEW EACHOTHER! There was apparently a contest where you find a Motionless In White coffin in a store, Starla and Toni found it and Debbie and Taylor spoke up for them because they were shy. I also met another mother-daughter duo, a girl named Lila and her mom. Turns out they were actually at the show in New York like i was, but they got there late and we didn't run into each other. CRAZY! again with the small world!
Since the crowd was split 50/50, HIM's vibe was a little different, but still a fabulous show. i had to be on the bus at 1am, Debbie was nice enough to give me a lift to the bus station. I spent a day in a hotel before the show in Maryland and missed the one in New Jersey. Of course the one show i miss, famous New Yorker, Type O Negative & A Pale Horse Named Death drummer THE one and only Johnny Kelly attends the gig, which i saw when Gas Lipstick posted it on facebook.
It was 9am when i arrived at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland the next day, and i was preceded by a small group of people that all knew eachother. A couple (Sam and Joe) had arrived from Pennsylvania the night before and had been at the venue since 4:30 AM!! Crazy! Thier friends, Kristin and Twyxelle (or Brittany) were also there. Some of the friendliest and coolest people i've met. I threw in some money and they ordered some pizza for us all to share during our long wait. We all exchanged HIM stories and talked about all kinds of randomness. Sam's was my favorite. Her and her husband met through Brandon Novak and she's friends with Bam. When she was younger, she went to a party at Bam's "castle" which is where she first met Ville Valo before she ever was a HIM fan. she said he was sitting in a corner and she was drunk and walked up to him and said "What the fuck's your deal?!" and Ville replied "I'm shy..." LOL. You'll hear about the whole thing in John's documentary "For HIMsters, By HIMsters."
We were later joined by Shelly, Lino, Miguel (who i recognized from a HIM show all the way down in Atlanta) and Maggie (or alternative model Izra Indica) who i also saw in ATL back in March. Turns out all 4 of them were actually there!
There were so many amazing fans, so many people i'll never forget that i've met at these concerts. I want all my friends down south to meet my friends i've met up north now, they'd all love eachother so much, i already know. We need a commune for HIM fans haha!
I was completely pumped for the whole show, and since it was the last one i was even wilder and made the best of the whole show. I sang and danced to every song by every band, especially HIM. I left that night having a song dedicated to me by Motionless In White, hanging out with Wounds for about 2 hours, and having my 7th HIM show under my belt. Everyone i loved was front row, the girls next to me were just as into it as i was, it was amazing. there's no word for it BUT amazing. I also met some more fans i know from Instagram! HIM shows are like family reunions, the kind that i wish my real ones were like :)